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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Says Transgender Military Service Ban ‘Should Be Reviewed’ - VIDEO

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In an interview that aired on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he’s open to reviewing the military’s ban on transgender service members, but cautioned that trans issues are logistically “a bit more complicated” than issues surrounding openly gay service members.

Said Hagel:

“[Trans] issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women, in many cases, don’t always provide that kind of opportunity…again, I go back to the bottom line – every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it. This is an area that we’ve not defined enough.”

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. You know something is off when Chuck Hagel can give a more nuanced analysis of trans issues than s

    Posted by: Factoid | May 11, 2014 7:44:22 PM

  2. How can trannies work on the front line? They can't, it's like we say with xian clerks, if they can't do their jobs they shouldn't have them.

    Posted by: Carmelo | May 11, 2014 8:49:34 PM

  3. Assuming trannies need their genitals carved off and severe diabetics need their feet chopped off likewise, are downwind with gangrenous feet going to allowed to serve?

    Posted by: Carmelo | May 11, 2014 8:53:06 PM

  4. "Austere locations where we put our men and women, in many cases, don’t always provide that kind of opportunity"

    Except that transgender people can and do serve on the front lines. The Pentagon has been deploying transgender private contractors for years with no problems. It's as easy for them to take their meds as it is for every other soldier to take, e.g. malaria drugs, or any other necessary prescription.

    Posted by: BABH | May 12, 2014 12:41:58 AM

  5. Lol! Pretty misleading headline there! Anyone with half a brain could see that Hagel is not signaling a policy review or policy change. He is pretty clearly restating the reasons for the trans ban. And he is correct.

    The US military gets plenty of physically and emotionally healthy recruits - straight, gay and bi - who require no special medical attention.

    It does not need to recruit transgenders who have mental conditions set forth in the DSM V. Nor does our military need to recruit people who will then demand that it pay for the array of medical procedures that transgenders claim they need to stop themselves from killing themselves, i.e., hormones, electrolysis, "gender reassignment" surgery, facial feminization surgery, breast implants, butt implants, lip collagen, voice therapy, and on and on. And that is just for the transsexuals. Just wait until the Joint Chiefs of Staff learn about the segment of the "transgender community" known as neutrois and their demand for castration surgery.

    The Pentagon will change its policies only after pigs fly and hell freezes over.

    Posted by: Hank | May 12, 2014 1:59:29 AM

  6. I should really stop reading Towleroad comments, because jesus you are all a bunch of bigoted queens.

    Posted by: Dx | May 12, 2014 9:47:59 AM

  7. Good luck to the T community in their efforts to get this overturned.

    But why is it of relevance or interest to the LGB community.

    LGB and T are separate campaigns and T issues are not our issues.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 12, 2014 10:50:02 AM

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